Friday, November 04, 2005

THE PLAYERS GET IT RIGHT

2005 PLAYERS CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS

Player of the Year
Andruw Jones - Braves

Man of the Year
Mike Sweeney - Royals

AL Outstanding Player
David Ortiz - Red Sox

NL Outstanding Player
Andruw Jones - Braves

AL Outstanding Pitcher
Bartolo Colon - Angels

NL Outstanding Pitcher
Chris Carpenter - Cardinals

AL Outstanding Rookie
Huston Street - Athletics

NL Outstanding Rookie
Willy Taveras - Astros

AL Comeback Player
Jason Giambi - Yankees

NL Comeback Player
Ken Griffey Jr. - Reds

Some could make a case for A-Rod, A-Pujols, D-Lee, J-Santana, and D-Train Willis. But I can't argue with the players' selections.
They should let the players vote on all the awards. Then cut the amount of sports writers allowed to vote in half because they play favorites -- most of them never even played the game.


MLB SIGNINGS & NOTES

Angels signed manager Mike Scioscia to a contract extension through 2009 with a club option for 2010. He had already been signed through 2007 with a club option for 2008. I definitely had some criticism for Scioscia's lineups down the stretch and in the postseason, but he's done a great job of handling the pitching staff in his six years with the Angels. He should still be viewed as one of the game's better managers.

White Sox exercised a $3.5 million buyout on the contract of designated hitter Frank Thomas. This makes him a free agent. Thomas had exercised a $10 million player option to remain with the team, but the White Sox didn't want him back at that price. Depending on how his ankle is progressing prior to the Dec. 7 arbitration deadline, he could be re-signed for somewhere around $3 million.

Indians exercised second baseman Ronnie Belliard's $4 million club option for 2006. Belliard earned $2.5 million for hitting .284/.325/.450 last season. Since he seemed to have some trouble staying motivated when he was younger, he probably wouldn't be the best player to sign to a multiyear deal. The Indians, though, will probably continue to get quality production out of him next year.

Dodgers signed Jose Cruz Jr. to a one-year contract worth $3.21 million. The 31-year-old Cruz will earn $2.91 million next season, and the deal includes a 2007 club option at $4.5 million with a $300,000 buyout. He could earn an additional $300,000 per year in performance bonuses. This is a paycut from the $4 million he made last season. $3 million for an average hitter and a very good defensive corner outfielder capable of playing center could look like a bargain after Jacque Jones and Preston Wilson sign.

Brewers have called a press conference for today to announce Robin Yount as their new bench coach. With his youngest child graduating from high school, Yount was finally willing to take the full-time coaching position the Brewers have offered him practically every offseason since he retired. Yount spent his entire 20-year career with the club.

Yankees named Ron Guidry pitching coach and Joe Kerrigan bullpen coach. Surprisingly, the Yankees never even asked for permission to interview White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. With Kerrigan also around, Guidry's lack of experience shouldn't be a liability. He has been a spring-training instructor for the team since 1990.

Astros GM Tim Purpura said he had casual conversations with Alan and Randy Hendricks, who represent Roger Clemens, though the talks contained nothing of substance."There's certainly nothing definitive on the Roger front," Purpura said. "We've kind of agreed to continue ... and keep the lines of communication open, and as Roger gets to the point where he's feeling one way or the other to let us know." Purpura is also talking with the agents for three of his other free agents: Brad Ausmus, Orlando Palmeiro and Jose Vizcaino. He hopes to re-sign each player.
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LAST BUT NOT LEAST
"Cheers" to Theo Epstein for standing up & walking out on the Boston Red Sox' front office brASS. (Coach would be proud)

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHEERS is right!

GREAT LINE!

Still Bill in Boston
(NORM!!)

9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I completely agree with you about allowing the players to vote on all the awards.

Eddie in New York

11:48 PM  

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